powered by the Iowa City Press-Citizen & The Des Moines Register
Subscribe via RSS Feed

Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Vandenberg takes down 21-point buck

[ 0 ] October 9, 2012 |

As far as second-half-of-the-season omens go, it ain’t too bad.

Senior quarterback James Vandenberg spent two days during the bye week on a tree stand near his home in Keokuk and bagged a trophy deer.

“My dad’s hunted 35 years, he’s killed a ba-gillion big deer, which are on our walls, and he’s never killed one this big. Not even close,” Vandenberg said. “This is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime deer.”

Vandenberg, a renown sportsman who shot a bear this summer, used a bow to take down this 21-point buck.

He said the rack scored at 191 at Boone and Crockett. That’s a “green” score and not official, but it is a historically big deer and should land Vandenberg among the all-time best.

It is definitely puts James in the lead in his family.

“It was about as good as it gets,” Vandenberg said. “How it happened is almost pure chance.”

After watching a little football Saturday, Vandenberg went out and got up in his tree stand.

“Just sitting up there freezing my buns off,” Vandenberg said. “I saw a bunch of does. Then the buck came right before dark.”

The senior quarterback said his family had seen some of the shed antlers from this buck many years ago, but had not spotted it over the last few years.

“The fact that it walked about 21 yards from me … kind of lucky,” Vandenberg said. “I may never get to see a buck like that again.”

Meanwhile, on the field, Vandenberg is 93-for-159 passing this season for 1,000 yards. He has two touchdowns and two interceptions.

His 112.96 passing efficiency and 200 yards per game rank him 110th and 70th in the country, respectively.

Vandenberg heads out on the road Saturday to Michigan State (4-2, 1-1). He is 1-5 in opponents’ stadiums during his career.

So maybe the big buck will provide major mojo for the senior.

“It was a positive bye week,” Vandenberg said.

INJURY UPDATES: Redshirt freshman offensive guard Austin Blythe and junior cornerback B.J. Lowery were absent from the 2-deep Monday.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said they are “touch and go” to play this week.

Lowery, according to Ferentz, had a setback in his recovery. “I’m not optimistic,” Ferentz said.

Lowery started the first four games at cornerback and had 20 tackles and two pass break-ups. Senior Greg Castillo (10 tackles, one interception) started the last time out.

Blythe started the first four games at right guard. Andrew Donnal made the start against Minnesota.

Damon Bullock, out since a concussion in the second quarter against Northern Iowa, is back on the depth chart and expected to play at Michigan State.

“As long as he practices well this week, which I expect,” Ferentz said. “He’s been doing fine.”

Bullock had 280 rushing yards on 65 carries before the injury.

REDSHIRT FOR CANZERI? Jordan Canzeri has been cleared to play following an ACL injury in the spring, but hasn’t been on the field yet in 2012.

Canzeri played as a true freshman so he still can take a redshirt this season. Ferentz said that was a possibility.

“You just never know what’s going to happen,” Ferentz said.

BIG GUARDS: With Andrew Donnal (6-foot-7) at right guard, and Matt Tobin (6-6) at left guard, the Hawkeyes are bucking convention with a pair of towering interior linemen.

Ferentz isn’t concerned.

“The Ravens drafted (Jonathan) Ogden in their first draft,” Ferentz said. “We played him at left guard the whole season, and the outcry was you can’t play a guy 6-7 or 6-8, whatever Jonathan was, plus another couple with his haircut on top of it, at guard.

“I think good players can play — to me, it’s a myth.”

Reach Ryan Suchomel at 339-7368 or rsuchomel@press-citizen.com.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Ryan Suchomel: Reach Ryan Suchomel at 339-7368 or rsuchomel@press-citizen.com. View author profile.

Comments closed